Yeah the difference is about 6 months and $30k and probably a few hundred million firearms never made since they could not be sold commercially. Ya gotta love the Dems ability to get gun owners to argue with each other over what constitutes a "ban".It was a manufacturing ban, but it did not ban ownership or transfer. There is a difference.
In some back room in 1986, Dems were contemplating the legislation. "I cant support a ban", one said. "Dont worry" said another. "We will grandfather a few existing ones, and even though it will take months and tens of thousands of dollars to get one, making them out of reach for 99.99% of the public, it will not technically be a ban", he said. "And best of all, some gun owners will defend it is as not a ban since a few will still be available". "Brilliant", he said.